On This Day

On This Day in History for January 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1984 US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
  • 1985 Cold front strikes US, at least 40 die (-27°F (-33°C) in Chicago)

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1986 1st federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1986 Chunnel announced (railroad tunnel under Channel)
  • 1986 Military coup in Lesotho under major general Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan
  • 1987 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic militia group

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1987 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

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1987 Bank robber Robert A. Litchfield is arrested at Lake Tahoe

  • 1988 Andre Hoffman skates world record 1,500m (1:52.06)
  • 1988 Arizona committee opens hearing on impeachment of Gov Evan Mecham

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

1989 George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President, Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

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1989 Reagan becomes 1st US President elected in a "0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1990 US 64th manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) returns from space
  • 1990 Black January - crackdown of Azerbaijani pro-independence demonstrations by Soviet army in Baku
  • 1991 13th UCP Telethon
  • 1991 US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles

  • 1991 Sudan's government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country's Muslim north and Christian south.
  • 1993 Adm Studeman, serves as acting director of CIA

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

1993 Bill Clinton (D) inaugurated as 42nd US President

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

1993 Maya Angelou is 1st African American and woman to recite a poem at inauguration of a US President - "On the Pulse of Morning" for Bill Clinton

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1995 Russian ruble drops to 3,947 per dollar (record)
  • 1996 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • 1996 WPAT FM NYC radio station switches to English-Spanish format
  • 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in New Orleans LA on KKND 106.7 FM
  • 1997 Pakistan defeat West Indies 2-0 to win Aust one-day Series
  • 1997 French electronic dance duo Daft Punk release their album "Homework"
  • 1998 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts Mama & Papas & Eagles
  • 1998 Warner Brothers TV Network begins Tueday night programming
  • 1999 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.

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2001 President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada is ousted in the EDSA II Revolution and succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada
14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

2001 George W. Bush inaugurated as 43rd US President, Dick Cheney becomes 46th Vice President

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
46th Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
Dick Cheney
  • 2002 Photographs showing al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects shackled and masked are published by the United States military

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

2009 Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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2009 Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2013 Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum
  • 2014 Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

2017 Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • 2017 Car ploughs into pedestrians in central Melbourne, killing 6 and injuring 27
  • 2021 Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President, the first female, black or south Asian Vice President. Amanda Gorman recites "The Hill We Climb".
  • 2021 US President Joe Biden signs 15 executive orders on his first day in office to re-join the WHO, the Paris Climate Agreement, revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline and mandating masks on federal properties

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